A Bishopbriggs woman is supporting a series of events for two Scots charities to help fulfil the fundraising wish of her late husband.
Pat Brown had been training last year to take part in a 10k to raise cash jointly for Sense Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland when he suffered a head injury. Tragically, he died earlier this year.
In his memory, and in memory of her late father who had vascular dementia and passed away in 2012, Pat’s widow Caroline is supporting a month-long ‘pat on the back’ Festival of Fun in June for both charities, with children Simon (21) and Clare (19).
This includes a canal walk on Saturday, June 14, from Bishopbriggs to the Falkirk Wheel, organised by Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs Rotary Club.
The event is open to all and there will be a barbecue from 2pm to 6pm at St James the Less Episcopal Church, in Bishopbriggs.
Pat worked as a Family Advisor with Sense Scotland, who support children and adults with learning and physical disabilities.
Caroline said: “The events are to raise funds and awareness for both organisations.
“Pat loved Sense Scotland. The charity is all about putting the person before the disability.”
She added: “More than 88,000 people are living with some form of dementia in Scotland.”
For the past year, Caroline has been giving talks in churches about dementia awareness.
She said: “It’s important we continue to get the message across.”
Caroline is also taking part in a special church service for people living with dementia on Sunday, June, 1 at 2.30pm at St Thomas the Apostle in Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow.
Information and advice will be available and it is hoped families and individuals living with dementia will attend.
She is also taking part in a 4k Memory Walk on Sunday, June 8, from Alzheimer Scotland’s Glasgow Dementia Resource Centre, along the Clyde front to the Sense Scotland Touch BaseCentre in Middlesex Street.
Pat’s friend, Bishopbriggs man John McVey, is also organising a five-a-side football tournament for funds on June 20.
John said: “Pat played for several years in our Monday night five-a-sides at the Leisuredrome.
“If any of the old football crowd fancy getting involved, it would be great to have them on board.”
If you would like to learn more about the Festival of Fun or volunteer for either charity, email Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.sensescotland.org.uk/patontheback